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Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced funding for a mine development project that will reengineer, reopen, and redevelop a large reserve of Mammoth coal in the Mount Carmel region of Columbia County.

“I will continue to partner with industry and our local communities to ensure that the commonwealth reaps the greatest possible benefit from our resources, so that our communities, our industries, and our workforce can thrive and Pennsylvania will remain competitive in the manufacturing economy,” said Governor Wolf.

Blaschak Coal Corporation was approved for a $1 million grant to develop a large reserve of Mammoth coal in the Mount Carmel region. The development will employ 25 to 30 UMWA miners and is the largest new mine development project in the region. Once the development is complete, it will provide a considerable production of high quality anthracite coal for more than 20 years. As mining progresses, the land will be reclaimed and made available for alternative uses in the community. Wages for the created jobs more than double the median household income in the region.

Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.